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Asmodee Entertainment and Dark Horse Partner for Tabletop Game Art Books

Asmodee

Asmodee Entertainment has announced a partnership with Dark Horse Comics to create licensed art books for three of Asmodee’s leading tabletop gaming properties. Dark Horse has tapped into Asmodee’s diverse portfolio of over 300 gaming IPs to curate a collection of unique art books showcasing the beautiful artwork and rich story designs that are distinguishable within the games.

Explore the worlds of the Android Universe, Arkham Horror and KeyForge through an expansive collection of never-before-seen production art and commentary from renowned games studio – Fantasy Flight Games. The first of these highly anticipated art books will debut at the end of this year or early next year. Dark Horse’s art books will be the perfect companion piece for fans of these beloved game universes.

Vampire: The Masquerade Comes to Comics

Vault Comics has announced that they have partnered with Paradox Interactive to publish the official Vampire: The Masquerade comic book series. The first comic in the series will be available for purchase from comics retailers across the US in July 2020. The comic is co-written by Tim SeeleyTini Howard, and Blake Howard, drawn by Devmalya PramanikNathan Gooden, and colored by Addison Duke, with covers by Aaron Campbell.

From the internationally bestselling World of Darkness universe, Vault brings readers an official Vampire: The Masquerade comic series. Sink your teeth into the hidden world of vampires, ghouls, and hunters who live in the shadows and scheme among us. In the comic series, Cecily Baine, an enforcer for the Twin Cities’ elite cabal of Kindred (vampires), takes a mysterious young vampire under her wing and is swept up in a conspiracy that can shake the foundations of vampire society. 

Each issue will include exclusive material for Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition of the tabletop RPG from Modiphius Entertainment. These materials enable readers to play alongside the unfolding comic events in their own chronicles.

Vampire The Masquerade #1

Hellboy Heads to Mexico in the Hellboy: The Board Game Expansion

Hellboy in Mexico

Mantic Games has announced a new limited-edition expansion for Hellboy: The Board Game is in stores now. Working with visionary creator Mike Mignola and Dark Horse Comics, Mantic has created Hellboy in Mexico featuring new heroes, new missions and new terrifying villains.

Previously only available as an optional extra in the Kickstarter campaign, this limited-edition expansion tells the story of Hellboy’s lost period in Mexico, when he became a Mexican wrestler, fought vampires alongside three luchador brothers and faced off against the horrifying Camazotz – a giant wrestling vampire bat!

Available direct from Mantic Games or from gaming stores around the world, Hellboy in Mexico is a limited-edition, one-print expansion that will not be available again once it has sold out.

Hellboy: The Board Game is a cooperative experience in which players face off against some of the comic’s most famous foes. Up to four people take control of iconic B.R.P.D. members – Hellboy, Abe Sapien, Liz Sherman, and Johann Kraus – before exploring gothic locations, uncovering ancient artifacts and battling one of Hellboy’s most notorious foes, Rasputin! After launching in April 2019, the game is now available in multiple languages (French, Italian, Brazilian and Russian) and is on its third reprint after selling out worldwide.

Hellboy in Mexico

Pandasaurus Games Introduces Ctrl

Ctrl

Place your colored cubes to control every angle in this head-scratching strategy game! One you place your cubes, you place your flag to block others’ moves. Players score points for each of their own colored blocks left visible at the end of the game, as viewed from every angle except the bottom. Ctrl takes minutes to learn but has enough depth to engage the whole family. Once you’ve taken Ctrl, you can’t stop coming back for more!

This game is special. It’s the type of game you will want to play again the second you are through. 2-4 players, 20 minutes. Designed by Julio Nazario, Ctrl is being released by Pandasaurus Games.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG: Structure Deck: Sacred Beasts is Out July 2020

Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game

It’s a Yu-Gi-Oh! GX fan’s greatest dream come true! After years of needing their own individual Decks to survive, the three Sacred Beasts have been united under a single banner in Structure Deck: Sacred Beasts!

Unification!

Structure Deck: Sacred Beasts includes more ways than ever to Summon the three Sacred Beasts! Hamon, Lord of Striking Thunder and Uria, Lord of Searing Flames each receive cards that modify their Summoning requirements to make them easier to fulfill and help you mount a second or third strike if the first isn’t enough. Alternatively, you can skip those requirements altogether with a new monster that can be Tributed to Summon any of the three Sacred Beasts from your hand and then banished from the Graveyard to add the dominating Fallen Paradise Field Spell to your hand!

Exaltation!

In addition to increasing your access to the Sacred Beasts and your ability to Summon them, Structure Deck: Sacred Beasts also increases the dominance of Sacred Beasts once they reach the field! You’ll be able to double Raviel, Lord of Phantasms ATK to 8000 and crush all your opponent’s monsters in a single Battle Phase, negateyour opponent’s Spell/Trap effects while you control Hamon, Lord of Striking Thunder in Attack Position, and do a little creative accounting to power up Uria, Lord of Searing Flames far beyond its natural limitations.

Complete Domination!

Of course, it’s not enough to just command multiple Sacred Beasts throughout the course of a Duel. The truest form of Dueling dominance is to control multiple Sacred Beasts at the same time, and Structure Deck: Sacred Beasts rewards you for doing so! Control 2 or more at the same time, and a brand-new Trap Card will negate the activated effects of every monster your opponent controls.

Structure Deck: Sacred Beasts contains 46 cards total (44-card Main Deck, 2-card Extra Deck) as well as 2 different Token Cards:

5 Ultra Rares
3 Super Rares
38 Commons
2 Token Cards
1 Double-sided Deluxe Game Mat/Dueling Guide

Christopher Burdett, Nen Chang, and Steve Prescott Announced as Featured Artists for Gen Con 2020 Art Show

Gen Con

Gen Con, the largest and longest-running tabletop gaming convention in North America, has named Christopher Burdett, Nen Chang, and Steve Prescott as Featured Artists for the convention’s 2020 Art Show program. As Featured Artists, the three recipients will showcase their works in a dedicated space in the Art Show section of the Exhibit Hall during all four days of the convention.

The Art Show showcases more than 80 artists working in fantasy, sci-fi, comics, horror, and gaming illustration.

Gen Con returns to Indianapolis July 30 – August 2, 2020. Badges are information are available at gencon.com

Ruh Roh Raggy. Scooby-Doo and the Gang Come to the Betrayal Series

Betrayal at Mystery Mansion

Jinkies!, the Mystery Inc. gang is about to face the ultimate betrayal! Designed by the team behind the critically acclaimed Betrayal Legacy, Betrayal at Mystery Mansion lets players take on the role of Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Velma, Daphne, and Fred, as they explore the mysterious mansion to find clues, run away from (or toward) scary noises, and maybe even catch sight of a monster. Or was it a g-g-g-g-ghost? Zoinks! Betrayal at Mystery Mansion will be available in stores everywhere on May 15, 2020, the same day the new SCOOB! movie hits theaters, creating a perfect day of solving mysteries.

Betrayal at Mystery Mansion is jam-packed with more goodies than a Super Shaggy Sandwich, including all new tiles, tokens, cards, and 25 haunts based on popular Scooby-Doo episodes and movies. Once players find enough clues to learn what’s really going on, the haunt begins and one player switches sides to play the role of the Monster. Those meddling kids then try to stop them before they carry out their sinister plan, hopefully pulling off the mask to reveal it was Mr. Wickles all along!

Betrayal at Mystery Mansion will be available everywhere on May 15 and will retail for $35.

Betrayal at Mystery Mansion

Hasbro Reveals Star Wars The Mandalorian Trouble and Operation

OPERATION: STAR WARS THE MANDALORIAN EDITION Game

(HASBRO/Ages 6 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Spring 2020)

With this OPERATION: STAR WARS THE MANDALORIAN EDITION Game, kids can imagine scenes from THE MANDALORIAN live-action TV series on Disney Plus. Fans have fallen in love with THE CHILD, the character they call “BABY YODA,” and must try to stop the mischief! Look at all the objects THE CHILD has taken, including a froggy, a cup of broth, and a mudhorn egg! Players can have fun using the tweezers as they try to remove the most pieces from the game unit without setting off the buzzer. When all of the objects have been removed, the player with the most pieces wins. This game is for 1 or more players. Includes gameboard, tweezers, 11 plastic objects, storage tray, and instructions. Requires 2 1.5V AA batteries, not included. Available at Amazon and Walmart.

TROUBLE: STAR WARS THE MANDALORIAN EDITION Game

(HASBRO/Ages 5 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $14.99/Available: Spring 2020)

Inspired by the THE MANDALORIAN live-action TV series on Disney Plus, this TROUBLE: STAR WARS THE MANDALORIAN EDITION Game combines TROUBLE gameplay with THE MANDALORIAN adventures. Race around a dangerous planet in the outer reaches of the galaxy to rescue THE CHILD, who fans call “BABY YODA”. Choose to play as bounty hunter, THE MANDALORIAN, IG-II the droid, the skilled warrior, CARA DUNE, or the vapor farmer, KUILL. The first player to get all 4 of their pawns to the Home space to rescue THE CHILD wins! This game makes a fun choice for Family Game Night and it’s a great gift for STAR WARS THE MANDALORIAN fans. This game is for 2 to 4 players. Includes plastic game unit base with Pop-O-Matic die roller, cardboard gameboard insert, 16 plastic character pawns (4 of each color), label sheet, and instructions. Available at Amazon and Walmart.

Hellboy Gets a Statue Based on Mantic Games’ Hellboy: The Board Game

Legendary Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, Dark Horse Direct and Mantic Games have announced the first Hellboy Statue based on Mantic Games’ bestselling Hellboy: The Board Game miniature. Limited to 500 and available now for pre-order, the Hellboy Statue—Mantic Series is expected to ship this summer.

This exclusive statue was meticulously sculpted by the creative team at Mantic Games and painted by Ed Bradley as if you lifted our hero right out of the pages of the acclaimed graphic novels and comics. Posed to pack quite a punch, Hellboy stands approximately 9” tall on a hellscape terrain base approximately 7.5” wide. Level 52 Studios did the statue prototype and base sculpt for The Hellboy Statue—Mantic Series.

On sale now, Hellboy: The Board Game is a co-operative experience in which players face off against some of the comic’s most famous foes. Up to four people take control of iconic BRPD members – Hellboy, Abe Sapien, Liz Sherman, and Johann Kraus – before exploring gothic locations, uncovering ancient artifacts and battling one of Hellboy’s most notorious foes, Rasputin!

Hellboy: The Board Game Statue
Hellboy: The Board Game Statue
Hellboy: The Board Game Statue

Portal Games Announces New Games for 2020

Brand new spy game: Vienna Connection

In this exciting stand-alone game inspired by the game mechanics of Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game, you will take on the roles of CIA agents sent to Europe in 1977 during the Cold War to investigate a mysterious death of James Werner, an American citizen murdered in Vienna.

Vienna Connection

Solve new cases in Detective: Season One

In this new stand-alone game inspired by Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game you will find 3 stand-alone cases that can be played in around 90 minutes each. Each of the cases has a different setting and style. Due to a shorter playtime and simpler family-friendly rules, the cases are perfectly tailored for a mystery game night.

Detective: Season One

First case in the Signature Series of Detective: Dig Deeper written by Rob Daviau

This dripping with theme case will transport you into the American town in the 70-ties, where you will investigate the mystery of the death of a local politician.

Detective: Dig Deeper

2 new expansions for Empires of the North: Roman Banners & Barbarian Hordes

Empires of the North is getting even more new clans! Each expansion will introduce 2 new factions and their individual decks with unique abilities and game mechanics. All expansions combined with the base game will give you as many as 12 different factions to choose from.

Empires of the North: Roman Banners
Empires of the North: Barbarian Hordes

New meta-expansion for Imperial Settlers: Rise of the Empire

This new meta-expansion will ad a completely new layer to the game by introducing an open-world campaign setting. From game to game your empire will advance reaching new eras, goals, technologies, discoveries, and provinces. Imperial Settlers: Rise of the Empire expansion will include 220 new cards divided into 3 types: Provinces, Goals & Achievements, Technologies & Discoveries. Growing a civilization has never been so captivating!

Imperial Settlers: Rise of the Empire

Imperial Settlers: Roll & Write App

With the Roll & Write app, you will be able to play the game on your mobile when you’re on the go. Initially, the app will support solo play in which you will develop your own roll & write civilization to gather Victory Points and Stars that you will spend to gain access to more buildings improving your engine. The app will also introduce multiplayer mode at subsequent updates.

Imperial Settlers: Roll & Write App

New Kickstarter campaign for Robinson Crusoe: The Book of Adventures

In 2020 Portal Games will launch a new Kickstarter project – Robinson Crusoe: The Book of Adventures. The almanac will consist of new Robinson Crusoe scenarios ranked by their level of difficulty, complexity, and theme. The Book of Adventures will offer scenarios suited for every audience – for playing with children, for a fun family game, but also really heavy scenarios for experienced players.

Robinson Crusoe: The Book of Adventures
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